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Sparx Corp. takes over management for Canton senior housing

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CANTON — The senior citizen high-rise apartments on Riverside Drive are now being managed by Sparx Corporation, the new for-profit subsidiary of United Helpers Corp.

The housing complex was previously managed by the Canton Enriched Housing Program, which approached United Helpers about taking over management duties.

Todd R. Amo, director of operations for Sparx, said his company is excited to be partnering with the Enriched Housing program and the Housing Authority Board of Directors.

“Enriched Housing is an important community service, as it focuses on helping individuals to maintain a safe and healthy lifestyle at home,” Mr. Amo said.

Kathy A. Race was appointed administrator of the Enriched Housing Program through her position as administrator of Northern Lights Home Health Care. She previously served as administrator at United Helpers’ Maplewood assisted living facility.

Christine Taylor serves as program coordinator and manages daily operations at the senior housing complex, 35 and 37 Riverside Drive.

The partnership is a positive situation, according to Mrs. Race, who works out of Sparx headquarters, 91 Main St.

“United Helpers has lots of experience with housing and managing people and programs,” Mrs. Race said. “We’ve made some small changes that will help the program grow a little.”

The Enriched Housing Program can now utilize some of United Helpers’ resources such as supply purchasing, human resources and information technology services.

Established in 1983, the housing complex was previously managed by Susan L. Cushman, who retired in January and died Feb. 20.

Residential units include private efficiency, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and handicapped-accessible units. Major appliances are provided, while residents supply their own furnishings.

Support services include personal care, housekeeping, assistance with medications, case management and others.

“They are the supports people need to live safely on their own,” Mrs. Race said.

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